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Bad drivers led police to downtown meth house

Mountain View police noticed DUI suspects leaving Church Street home

A Christmas Eve drug bust that led to the arrest of four people at a downtown Mountain View home was the result of a monthlong investigation by police officers who suspected it was a drug den, according to recent documents filed with the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Police reports detail how officers began watching the home -- located on the 500 block of Church Street -- in early December and nabbed people exiting the house on drug offenses as they were driving away. More than 18 grams of methamphetamine, 1.5 pounds of marijuana and several grams of psychedelic mushrooms were found in the drug bust that followed.

Mark Nietert

Kathleen Polito
Mountain View residents Mark Nietert and Kathleen Polito, both 64, are each facing one felony count of operating a home for the purpose of selling or using a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor drug possession charges. Polito remains in custody with a bail set at $15,000 and is due to appear in court next week. Nietert has been released, and has an arraignment hearing on Feb. 25.

The case began on Dec. 3, when police Sgt. Wahed Magee spotted two women leaving the house and driving away, committing multiple vehicle code violations in the process. The driver, who was among the four arrested last month, appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant, according to the report, and divulged that people inside the Church Street home were doing methamphetamine.

Two small baggies and a vial filled with methamphetamine were found inside the car, along with a meth pipe concealed inside a sunglasses case.

Magee stopped two more people leaving the home in a Ford van on Dec. 10, again for traffic violations, and found one of the men had methamphetamine and two meth pipes, according to one police report. The man described how he had arrived at the Church Street home that morning and took a hit of meth in the living room with Polito.

A judge signed a search warrant on Dec. 19, clearing the way for officers to search the Church Street home as well as any vehicles used by Nietert and Polito. The warrant was carried out by a total of 14 police personnel, including sergeants, officers and detectives, on Dec. 24, along with Zeus, the department's drug-sniffing K-9. A police sergeant was able to "push open the front door" without forced entry because the front door was unlocked, according to the report.

A search revealed the home had 18.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 4.6 grams of psilocybin -- psychedelic mushrooms -- and 1.5 pounds of cannabis. Polito was charged with possession of more than an ounce of cannabis, which is still prohibited under state law. The search was initially delayed, because the home needed to be aired out due to a "heavy cloud of smoke" from recent methamphetamine use, according to a statement released by the department last week.

During the drug bust, a 61-year-old Mountain View woman -- who was also the driver who was stopped by police on Dec. 3 -- was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. A 45-year-old Clearlake man who was spotted entering and exiting the Church Street home at the time of the search warrant was also arrested on suspicion of being under the influence.

Though Magee was responsible for the traffic stops, he credited patrol Officer Daniel Miller for spearheading the case and leading the investigation.

"I am very proud of the hard work and perseverance by our patrol officer in this case," Magee said in the statement last week. "His thorough investigation led to the removal of dangerous substances from the streets of Mountain View."

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7 people like this
Posted by Rookie Mistake
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 9, 2020 at 1:02 pm

See, this is why you never get high on your own supply.

10 people like this
Posted by Thank you
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 9, 2020 at 1:29 pm

These people are trouble! They need to move out of town. I see them out front all the time and all the random people coming in and out. Good team work MVPD!

7 people like this
Posted by PaulC
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Two 64 year olds and a 61 year old?!

OK, boomer.

(I get to say it as a middle-aged GenXer)

9 people like this
Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Jan 9, 2020 at 3:29 pm

So many thoughts come to mind. Such as, this is what happens when coffee just isn't enough. I feel sorry for them, meth is a hard life. Especially at that age, they probably have tried to quit before and couldn't. I wish them well and hope they are able to quit the drugs. I am also sorry for the other people whose lives are affected.

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Posted by Waldo
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 9, 2020 at 4:35 pm

@ Thoughtful - I feel sorry for them too, to be that age, and wasting life's remaining precious time. @ Paul C - I get to say this, as a mid-septuagenarian.

1 person likes this
Posted by Sad
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 9, 2020 at 8:58 pm

I thought I read somewhere that the sergeant was helping us with our homeless outreach and reducing our RVs in our neighborhoods? But I guess drugs in houses are important too. Just home these two sixty years don’t end up on the streets in another RV. Sad.

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Posted by Impressive
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2020 at 10:26 pm

thank you Officer Miller for investigating this home!! ❤️

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Posted by Funny Thing Is...
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 9, 2020 at 10:29 pm

@SAD. These people had two RVs at the house for months. I damn near hit one because it took up the road. The house is disgusting out front. I wish I didn’t need to see it every day.

2 people like this
Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2020 at 10:48 pm

Just *knew* putting that Breaking Bad show on the air would lead to this.

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Posted by God bless
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jan 10, 2020 at 6:43 am

Our police are the best. God bless you all to be safe.

4 people like this
Posted by Ugh
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 10, 2020 at 12:33 pm

I glad Something is getting done about this resident. Unfortunately this is not really news. We’ve been watching and complaint about this location for years. We’ve watch a couple generations of cops arrest people at this house. Nothing seems to work. I can not agree with the article quote and it doesn’t sound genuine... removal of dangerous substances from the streets of Mountain View.. They may have grabbed a small amount of drugs but the person shown in the photo was back just the other evening. @Sad - I don’t know what outreach means but it wish someone would get code enforcement, building officials, city council members and the fire department involved and work together to resolve this problem on Church. Simple law enforcement actions just don’t have any impact because drugs are practically legal. This may be a rant but it is called frustration.

MVPD thanks for the effort but it is only a temporary fix.

5 people like this
Posted by We know where you live
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:30 pm

The whole world is NOW watching, all the time, with photos likely.
I'd think about moving, Meth-Man.

2 people like this
Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Jan 10, 2020 at 3:13 pm

@ We know where you live.

That's just mean spirited. They could quit the meth and be good neighbors, you never know. You are not even from their neighborhood. Keep your nose clean and mind your own neighborhood.

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